Solace in the City

I always have and always will prefer to be in natural landscapes over urban landscapes. So, when I find myself in an urban environment I am constantly looking for little pieces of nature peeking through. Nature gives me Solace, it calms me and this is important to find in the noisy, busy world that we live in.

The city of Calgary in Canada is a thriving metropolis and is luckily surrounded by nature on all sides. The Rocky Mountains can be seen from the city and the Bow River flows right through it. The Bow River is my favourite place to visit in Calgary, as it is always filled with nature. By only taking a few steps away from the busy streets, you can experience the solace of the river. All of the urban noises are overshadowed by the sounds of the river; the fast flowing water rushing by, the Magpies and of course the Canadian Geese. You can nearly forget your in the heart of a city if you sit there for long enough, which I think is pretty amazing.

The image displays a section of the WWI memorial found along the riverside in the Kensington neighbourhood of Calgary.

Calgary New Central Library

I visited the new Calgary Public Library located downtown at the weekend and was I amazed to see large crowds filled all four floors. As I arrived at the steps to the entrance I was overwhelmed by the amazing architecture that stood before me. The wooden infrastructure is a beautiful addition to such an urban space.

As soon as I walked in the door I just felt excitement, I wanted to explore every inch of the building. The building was bustling and I was eager to scale the stairs to see as much as possible. The large windows throughout the building give a great view of the surrounding city. If like me, you like a view with your coffee and a book then this is the perfect place. Yes, there is a coffee shop so you can enjoy a nice latte when you visit.

We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story while we’re here; you, me, us, together… we change the world one story at a time.

Richard Wagamese

It was inspiring to see the children’s section full and how the kids were enjoying the culture, art, education, games and overall fun offered at the library. We need to make these types of educational spaces a place that the younger generation want to visit and I feel that this has been accomplished here.

It is safe to say that I am a geography nerd so when I spotted a cartography section, I was very excited. There are both modern and historical maps of Calgary and widespread Canada which offer lots of interesting information. There are so many things other than books that you can explore here.

We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth

John Lubbock

I can’t wait to take another trip to the library and hope people will keep visiting in such large numbers.